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 Post subject: Blasphemy, I'm sure
PostPosted: 31 Jan 2015, 20:52 

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Blasphemy, I’m sure!
After several late hours yesterday tuning the voicings of some of several ceramic ocarinas, I returned this morning with the slight fearsome and possibly imagined taste of ceramic dust in my mouth.

After blowing a few notes and reviewing my notes, I picked up my blue plastic alto focalink ocarina.
This is one super ocarina and all the complaints about clogging windchannels are just not bothersome to me---I use the dish detergent wash method which minimizes this clogging for me. But as I blew the ocarina, I still noticed that the high f was not responsive as quickly as I wanted. Well, should I try some of the things that have helped my ceramic examples?

A small piece of 1200 wet and dry sandpaper was thoroughly soaked in soap water, and then wrapped around a small dowel. And Yes, I carefully blunted the labium a bit and wow, this thing sings now! Maybe it was only my instrument, but it certainly helped.

Now I wonder if the last three fingerholes were enlarged a bit, than the increased blowing pressure on those last notes would be minimized. Have any of you tried this?
I do hear that Focalink does sale a lower blowing pressure plastic ocarina, but it seems that it isn’t on sale in the States.

Would appreciate hearing of experiments others have done.

Andy


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 Post subject: Re: Blasphemy, I'm sure
PostPosted: 02 Feb 2015, 09:36 

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Personally I had a specimen of focalink plastic Alto C. Also I have noticed condensation problems. Good straight detergent. My specimen, however, had a very intonation waning. At least 3 or 4 Hz under 440. I found much more efficient the latest Noble plastic, distributed by Night. You did well to blunt the lip of Focalink. The original has an edge too sharp to manage the flow of air that comes from the windway. Also because within that channel exists a step to trigger turbulence. In my opinion the step size has exaggerated, causing excessive pressure drops. My recent experiments have focused on air channel and shape of the hole voicing. To do this I had to carry over 40 sticks to give shape to the channel.


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